King Carter: An Interview With Robert Carter

Robert Carter is one of the world’s most sought after commercial illustrators working today. How in demand you ask? To name a few of his clients which include American Airlines, Washington Post, LA Times, Juxtapoz should do his reputation justic. If not this interview will suffice. Check out our exclusive interview with Robert below.

Art Nouveau: You are the king of illustration. How’d you gather such a diverse and vast list of clients and projects so fast?
Robert Carter: King of Illustration? Flattery will get you everywhere. I wouldn’t I’ve gathered clients necessarily overly fast. I’ve been a professional freelance illustrator for roughly 10 years now so in that time and through hard work I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked with a variety of wonderful clients.

AN: Tell me about your background in the arts. Did you attend school?

RC: Yes, I graduated from Sheridan College of art in 2002 majoring in Editorial illustration.



AN: Are you influenced by comic book imagery?
RC: I used to read comic books a lot when I was younger and at that time they had a huge influence on me, all I wanted to be was a comic book artist. I don’t go to them for inspiration much these days but they helped build the foundation of my artistic career for sure.

AN: How long does each illustration take?

RC: Well it varies, depending on the complexity of each piece whether I paint it traditionally or digitally if there are any revisions requested by the client, if I’m having an off day etc. But generally I complete an illustration anywhere between a couple of days to a couple of weeks.

AN: Do you plan to show any of this work together anytime soon?

RC: No plans at the moment no.



AN: What is the difference if any between commercial art and art made for galleries and museums?

RC: Well the main distinction to me is commercial work has been commissioned by a business to help sell their product or to accompany an article ect. You are being asked to produce something for someone else. Work for gallery’s is generally personal work, it’s completely your own artistic expression without an art director looking over your shoulder or pressure to appease the client. You do what you want to do complete freedom.

AN: What’s next for you?

RC: Keep doing what I’ve been doing and hopefully continue get better!

  • Chelsea

    What is the reason behind your work? What is the message?